Nashville Predators: Key Matchups For Epic 2nd-Round Clash vs. Winnipeg

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 13: Pekka Rinne
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 13: Pekka Rinne /
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It’s time for the second round as the Nashville Predators face a more worthy foe in the Winnipeg Jets. It should be an epic clash between two heavyweights.

The first round of the playoffs provided a little more resistance for the Nashville Predators than some may have anticipated. That has to be put behind them as the Winnipeg Jets will pose a whole new set of challenges. They have more star power, more depth and better goaltending. They’ve also been waiting patiently for the Predators take care of their own business against a feisty Colorado team that refused to go away.

These two teams are division foes, and are largely considered the top two teams to beat in the Western Conference. The fact that one of these great teams will have to be eliminated in the second round is a discussion for another day.

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Despite the outstanding season the Jets had, they didn’t dominate the Predators by any means. In fact, the Predators won the season series with a record of 3-1-1. However, the season series was high-scoring and intense. This might be the most fun series of the playoffs when we look back on it.

Not to overlook the other Western Conference series, but the team that survives this series will most likely represent the conference in the Stanley Cup Final. Here are the key matchups as the Predators will have to elevate their game if they want a chance to defend their Western Conference crown.